3/21/18 | 7:59PM: Larry Brooks notes that Brendan Smith's "miserable" season has ended after breaking his hand during a fight with Vinni Lettieri in practice last week. (NY Post)
He has three-years left on his contract after this season with a cap hit of $4.35 million.
Smith was sent to Hartford on 2/9 after clearing waivers.
While in Hartford, Smith had two assists in 11 games, a minus 11 rating, 8 PIM and 15 shots on goal.
- 2018-19: $1.091 million
- 2019-20: $1.091 million
- 2020-21: $3.26 million
- 2021-22: $1.26 million
- 2022-23: $1.26 million
- 2023-24: $1.26 million
Following the trade deadline, Jeff Gorton said of Smith, "Brendan had a tough start and like a lot of our players struggled to get his game going. We felt it was best to send him down and try to find his game and get ready and start thinking about next year. We will put him in Hartford and leave him there. I hope we see him in top shape come September and he is ready to play like we saw last year. We will see with Brendan, we haven't ruled him out as being part of our future."
Adam Rotter: Smith has gone from being in the Rangers top-four to start the season to being so far down on the depth chart he may not be on the first page. The Rangers will likely try and move Smith both to get him off the books, as much as they can, and to give him a fresh start. It won't be easy and they may have to try and package him with some nice assets, such as a first round pick, or take on someone else's bad contract hoping for a fresh start.